If this was not so studiously a "proper" work, Thomas
must induce some sort of a pun of how he "cooked his own
Around midnight on 6 May 1782 Thomas Eccles broke into
the home of Thomas Hind and stole "one flitch of bacon
of the value of 20/-
2 half pack loaves
bread of the value of 2/-"
— no doubt to mop up the grease. He was then convicted
of the crime at the age of 43 at the Surrey Summer
Assizes. After a stint on the hulk Ceres he
travelled to the Colony aboard Scarborough.
Unfortunately, when he arrived, he was soon back in
court. On 6 October 1788 he was accused and convicted of
being drunk and stealing vegetables from the garden
where he worked. He said that the Captain of Marines,
John Shea, had been so impressed with his endeavours
that he had given him a tumbler of rum and water
together with a slip of fennel — and as for the
vegetables, well, he had only taken a few radishes
left all the cauliflowers. The Court was clearly not so
impressed. He was dismissed from working in the garden
and sent, instead, to work in
brickfields. There is no suggestion that his crime was
in any way connected to the marriage he had been a witness
at two days previously.
Within six months of this episode Eccles departed on 22
March 1789 for Norfolk Island. There he gained Philip
King's commendation and recommendation for a pardon. A
conditional pardon was granted. A further recommendation
made and finally an absolute pardon was granted on 22
February 1796. From 10 September 1796, he was victualled
as a "settler."
It is then that his familiarity with pigs again came to
the fore when he was listed as a supplier of pork.
30 July 1796 — 4181b. 6 August 1796 — 2811b, 17 November
1796 — 9001b
From about 1792 he was living with First Fleeter
Elizabeth Bird, who had arrived aboard Lady
on a one-acre lot in Sydney
Town and later from October 1796 on a
lease on Norfolk Island. Together they returned to the
mainland by Porpoise on l4 March 1801 where he
leased an acre of ground at
upon which to grow vegetables and, of course, to keep
two pigs. There he lived until his death on 2 April 1814
at a reputed age of 96
His widow then gained employment in Parramatta as a
recorded as an "old woman" in the 1806 Muster) until her
death on 26 July 1858 at the reputed age of 105 years.
She is also buried
St John's Cemetery, Parramatta.